It’s official 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for coronavirus 1st ever Games in peacetime

After telephone talks between IOC President and Japanese Prime Minister, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is postponed to no later than the summer of 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic has infected almost every sport and has caused a number of events to either be postponed or canceled. But in the middle of a time when the lethal coronavirus has taken more than 16,000 lives worldwide, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the hosts of Tokyo took a long time to agree on the future of the Games, with the final announcement which is being made on Tuesday.

The Olympics were expected to take place from July 24th, 2020 but have now been rescheduled to a date no later than summer 2021.

Earlier Tuesday, during negotiations with IOC President Thomas Bach, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics.

Abe said a postponement is unavoidable in full despite the coronavirus pandemic and it is not feasible to keep the 2020 Games. And when Japan asked the IOC to hold the Games back Bach was in “100 percent agreement” he had previously said.

In recent days, the IOC has been under rising pressure to postpone the biggest sporting event in the world, with nations, athletes and sports bodies alike calling for a delay.

With the fate of the Tokyo Olympics now sealed for the near future, this only marks the fourth time in its glorious 124-year history that the Olympics were canceled/postponed because of external factors.

But come Tuesday, and, along with that from athletes, Bach and IOC had to succumb to mounting international pressure.

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